Medical Council of India revises syllabus after two decades

Medical Council of India – In an apparent attempt to give a new impetus to the medical students to be excellent communicators as well, the Medical Council of India has finally revised the curriculum of MBBS after a protracted gap of 21 years, Daily Hunt reported. The Board of Governors (BOG), which approved the changes titled ‘Competency-based UG Curriculum’, will include a new course called Attitude, Ethics and Communication (AETCOM) for students across years of their undergraduate medical education, noted the report.

Outcome-based learning with importance to nurturing skills expected from each medical graduate is another update of this syllabus revision. Terming it ‘long overdue’, Dr M.K. Ramesh, Registrar (Evaluation), Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) said that educating the incumbent doctors on how to communicate better with other stakeholders has of late become crucial, said the report.

“Most problems occur when the doctor-patient-bystander rapport gets affected due to misread messages and AETCOM will help bridge this gap. The introduction of the month-long mandatory foundation course will turn out to be a game-changer as it equips each student with an exposure to what the domain is, in terms of the environment, culture and challenges of the work they would do from then,” the official said and added that the foundation courses were put into practice by many colleges in the state in the recent past.

Revised Document

As per the revised document uploaded on MCI’s official website, Competency-based Medical Education provides an effective outcome-based strategy where various domains of teaching, including teaching-learning methods and assessment, form the framework of competencies.

“Keeping this objective as the core ingredient, MCI, with the help of a panel of experts drawn from across the country, has laid the basic framework for the revised undergraduate medical curriculum. Over the past four years, a group of highly committed medical professionals working as Members of the MCI Reconciliation Board developed this information into a document incorporating appropriate teaching-learning strategies, tools and techniques of teaching, and modes of assessment,’ the report read.

Implementation

The revised syllabus, to be implemented from the next academic year (2019-20), will also offer elective subjects allowing students to pick according to their interests. Dedicated time will be allotted for self-directed learning and co-curricular activities as well. Clinical exposure courses will begin from the first year itself instead of the second; the report pointed out.

Reacting to the development, Lakshmi Murthy, Program Head (Medical Excel), BASE Educational Service said that this would help India adopt global standards in providing quality medical education and added, “These changes will hopefully bring about a radical shift towards holistic healing and preventive health care in the country.”

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